The vessel was still in the Galveston Offshore Lightering Area
Britain lowered its travel warning for Arbil in Iraqi Kurdistan
Flows through the 120,000 barrels per day pipeline began at the end of 2013 but the first cargo was not loaded until May.
The Suezmax tanker Kamari arrived at the port late on Wednesday
The flow was allegedly halted because storage tanks in the Turkish port of Ceyhan are full
For ISIS, the clandestine trade in crude involves loading oil from its seized oil fields onto trucks and selling it to shadowy parties
Two oil fields seized by the Kurdish forces are said to have a combined daily output capacity of some 400,000 barrels
U.S. is against independent Kurdish sales of oil and Israel is keen to build rapport with Kurds
The tanker, the SCF Altai, did not arrive directly from Turkey’s Ceyhan port
The U.S. State Department said that it did not condone oil sales bypassing Baghdad
Kurdistan finished building an independent export pipeline to Turkey last year, a move which infuriated Baghdad
Kurdistan has also drawn Baghdad’s ire for signing contracts with foreign energy firms without approval
The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) has trucked about 60,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude to Turkish ports last year
Taqa expects to invest more than $300 million in the first phase of the project to develop the Atrush oil and gas block
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